A stunning five bedroom conversion of a former 18th century watermill in an idyllic setting nestled on the banks of the River Teviot. Watch the otters play and the salmon leap from the wonderful first floor decked terrace. Private fishing.
Set in peaceful and secluded surroundings at the end of a no-through lane, Heiton Mill House is an ideal luxury getaway, yet within a few minute's drive or a mile's walk from the pretty market town of Kelso. The owner's sympathetic conversion of this beautiful property ensures that the mill's unique charm and character has been preserved. The original vast millstones still lean against the wall and the appealing combination of neutral tones, cosy fabrics and natural wood and stone finishes befit the building. The carefully-considered interior ensures that all the principal rooms have superb views of the river offering a wonderful glimpse of its inhabitants including otters, herons and oystercatchers and even the odd salmon.
The spacious, light-filled rooms are punctuated with little luxuries at every turn including sumptuous sofas, vast super king size beds, wifi, flat screen TVs in all the bedrooms, a state of the art wood pellet stove for cosy winter nights and an impressive high-spec kitchen. Even your furry friends can stay in luxury with their own heated kennels and hot and cold shower.
The delightful owners live close by and are on hand to ensure that guests get their best from their stay including offering meals for late arrivals, arranging fishing permits and providing a wealth of recommendations for places to visit in the area.
Activities & Attractions
The house is situated a few minute's drive (or 20 minute walk) from the Roxburghe Hotel offering a bar and award-winning restaurant, golf course, beauty rooms and clay pigeon shooting. The delightful, historic town of Kelso is 5 miles away by car or one mile on foot, and home to the majestic Floors Castle, residence of the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe. Described by Sir Walter Scott as "the most beautiful, if not the most romantic village in Scotland," today the town retains much of its original charm with a fine range of independent shops, pubs and restaurants and an interesting events calendar.
The pretty town of Melrose is nearby with its winding streets and some of the best shopping in the Borders. On the way home, stop off at stately Mellerstain House, pop into the 15th Century Smailholm Tower offering panoramic views of the area, or take a detour up to the magnificent Scott's View overlooking the Tweed Valley and Eildon Hills. For day trips further afield, the stunning coastline is nearby with endless sandy beaches and beautiful coves. The magnificent city of Edinburgh is an easy day trip from Kelso, just an hour by car.
Heiton Mill House is perfect for fishing guests with private fishing on the stretch of the Teviot alongside the mill. It is also incredibly convenient for the famous Junction beat and is close to several other prime Lower and Middle Tweed beats. For golf enthusiasts there are 22 courses within a 30 mile radius ranging from challenging PGA Championship courses, to picturesque links and parkland courses to suit all standards. For keen walkers, there are fabulous paths along the river from the house, and designated walking routes nearby.
Open plan sitting room and dining room - cosy seating area with a window wall overlooking the river and French doors out to the decked patio. Wood pellet stove, television with Freeview and DVD player, CD player, wifi, books, games, cards and small DVD library and dining area with seating for up to 12 guests.
Kitchen – fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom 5 - with 6' super king bed or two 3' twin beds. Shower room with large walk-in shower, basin and WC.
Drying / utility room – with ample space for drying and storing fishing kit and outdoor clothing, chest freezer, washing machine and dryer.
Bedrooms 1 to 4 - all with 6' super king bed or two 3' twin beds which can be made up as guests prefer. All have en suite bathrooms with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Bedroom 1 has a ceiling to floor window offering views of the river while lying in bed so you can laze and watch the otters play!
Landing / study - an airy landing has an alcove with a desk and sofa providing a perfect space to quietly read a book or check your emails.
Rod / boot room – large space for storage of outdoor equipment.
Garden and grounds
Large, decked first floor terrace with table and chairs for outdoor dining (seats 10). Outdoor lighting on the balcony allows guests to enjoy the river views late into the night. A barbecue is also provided. There is a garden area to the side of the mill and garage parking for two cars as well as ample courtyard parking.
Catering and housekeeping
Catering at Heiton Mill House is entirely flexible. The house can either be taken on a self-catered, partly catered or fully catered basis. A homemade meal and wine delivery service is also available, including a picnic hamper delivery for fishing parties. A daily housekeeping service is also available.
Children are welcome but due to the proximity of the river parents MUST take responsibility for their safety. The balcony on the upper level has a high rail around it. At ground level there is a wide wooden bridge over the lade (the old mill race) without a rail. A travel cot and high chair are available on request.
Dogs are not permitted inside the house, but luxury kennels are provided in the courtyard, with hot and cold shower and heatlamps in the winter.
|Heiton Mill House||£1,650 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.